Date When Celebrated : Pecan Day is celebrated March 25
Ask anyone and they will tell you that today is a rather nutty day. That's because today is Pecan Day. Pecan trees are the only nut tree native to North America, and they are most common in southern U.S. While, this is a very good reason to celebrate this day, the purpose of today is to commemorate March 25, 1775, the day George Washington planted a pecan tree at his Mount Vernon estate.
The roots of pecans run very deep. Native Americans harvested pecan trees as a source of food for perhaps a thousand years prior to the arrival of European settlers. During colonial times, pecan tress became popular with early European settlers, who foraged through the woods to find pecans. By the early 1770s, pecan trees were being grown in Long Island, New York farms. Around that time, Thomas Jefferson was also growing pecan trees on his plantation at Monticello. He had brought them up from the southern United States. In 1775, Thomas Jefferson gifted a pecan tree to George Washington, who planted it on his estate at Mount Vernon. From North America, pecan trees grew in popularity around the world. Today, pecan trees can be found growing on every continent except Antarctica.
A Little Pecan Trivia:
Celebrate Pecan Day by cracking open and eating a few pecan nuts. Also, have some pecan pie.
History and Origin of "Pecan Day":
The reason why we celebrate Pecan Day is clear ... It celebrates the day George Washington planted a pecan tree at Mount Vernon. Unfortunately, we have not yet identified the creator of this day.
This holiday appears to have been around since at least 2010.
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